Post # 1
So I’ve been throwing around the idea of a Photobooth in my head. I LOVE the idea! I went to a wedding that had a booth and I had a blast in it! I ran the idea by my mom (the one with the checkbook) and major shut down. My mother is around 60, very old fashioned (almost had a heart attack at my black shoes I bought for the wedding!). She’s asked my Aunt (also around 60) and my Uncle’s Girlfriend (around 50). And all three of them had said they’ve never been to a wedding with a Photobooth and that they wouldn’t use one anyways.
Mood killer right?
Well I don’t know if I should spend the $800 to get it?! We have 98 adults attending, these are the age groups:
20-30 years old: 26
30-40 years old: 19
40-50 years old: 16
50-60 years old: 22
60 plus: 9
My mom also brought up that there would be a photographer there and didn’t understand the need of the photobooth. She’s obviously never been in one and I just don’t know what to do. I don’t want to spend her money on something if she feels it’s being wasted. The FI and I can’t afford it because we’re footing the bill for our honeymoon :/ I tried making my own but my laptop is really crappy and I just don’t have the time to create a a background/screen around it for people to use. HELP!
Post # 3
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
I am having a photobooth at my wedding, and the one wedding I’ve been to, the photobooth always had a line! Other weddings that had it, I’ve heard second hand that friends and even my parents (who are in the 50-60 age bracket) really enjoyed it as well. I think it’s totally worth it. However, if your mom is the one paying, maybe try shopping around some more for a better deal. Or you could try looking on the classifieds or craigslist etc. for another bride’s DIY backdrop and just buy the laptop software for a diy photobooth (and borrow someone’s laptop??).
Post # 4
I would go for it if you really want it. Every wedding I’ve been to that has one, everyone seems to enjoy them. Young, old, it doesn’t matter.
Post # 5
Ok, I’m totally biased because we had one, and seriously, it was one the BEST decisions we made for the reception! People of ALL ages got in there (including 88 year old Grandma in a feather boa!) and a lot of them surprised me. If there’s any money in the budget you can move around to afford it, I’d go for it! We got a copy of all the picures in an album that all the guests signed during the evening and it’s one of the best keepsakes from the wedding.
Post # 6
I had a moment about 3 weeks before my wedding when I freaked out about the price I was paying for my photobooth and almost cancelled it. I’m so glad I didn’t!! I have pretty much the same breakdown as you with my guest count and everyone loved it! I have really great candid pictures that the photographer wasn’t able to capture. Everyone had a great time and it really was helpful for the people who don’t enjoy dancing because it still gave them something fun to do. Almost no one my mom’s age or older had heard of a photobooth at a wedding but they all got in and had fun with it. They thought I was so creative for having one (little do they know it’s actually becoming quite common. lol).
Post # 7
We spent way more than that on a photobooth so to me, $800 is a good deal. Everyone loved it and everyone we’ve seen since the wedding have their photostrips displayed in their homes. We always keep ours from weddings we attend. We didn’t have a particularly conservative crowd, but they definitely spanned the gamut of ages (from 3 to 80!) and the older crowd definitely went into the booth and took pictures WITH props! I don’t think it compares to a pro photographer because people are not usually hamming it up with props in front of the pro photographer and our pro photographer definitely did not get pictures of all the guests.
Honestly, if you can afford it, definitely get one, even if you have to cut back on hours of operation. You can buy or DIY your own props too. Even with the cheaper b&w strip style (like you get at fairs), it’s still awesome! If you can, get one that gives you the digital files so you can always reprint them or share them later.
Post # 8
DO IT. Best decision we made, every single person loved it. Even my 80 year old British grandmother who we never expected to have fun, loved it.
Post # 9
go for it. We’re having one with tons of props.
Went to a wedding in April that had one. People absolutely lost their minds!! It was beyond fun!
People who don’t normally like having their picture taken will make a beeline for the booth. trust me
Post # 10
- Wedding: March 2014 - Brazil Room
Check on Groupon.com first to see if they’re having a deal on photobooths… I saw one for my area not too long ago.
Post # 11
@GroovyHippieChick: People who don’t normally like having their picture taken will make a beeline for the booth.
Yeah I think that’s the benefit of having props; in addition to providing an air of silliness (if you’re a fan of silliness, and I most definitely am), people who are self-conscious about having their picture taken can still get in on the fun by donning big sunglasses, etc.
Post # 12
We did a photobooth (albeit a DIY one) but the “adults” (aka aunts/uncles in their 50s + my grandma! lol) used it more than our friends did!! It was amazing 🙂
Post # 13
- Wedding: June 2012 - Franklin Plaza
My great-uncle (in a wheelchair!) used the photobooth more than some of the younger guests. People were lining up to get their photos taken before dinner was even served!! You should totally do it. I think your mom will be surprised by how popular it will be!
Post # 14
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
How did you guys set up your DIY ones? Did you have a printer that printed photo strips like a “real” photobooth? I agree with the posters, photobooths are super duper fun and you should push for it if you want it!
Post # 15
We had a photobooth at our wedding it freaking rocked! Everyone…and I mean EVERYONE got in it. We had a lot of older people at our wedding and they loved going in it and taking home the pictures. We got a copy of all the pictures taken in the booth and I literally laughed out loud at some of the photos.
**I will say that I requested that props be kept to a minium and that I didn’t want over-sized sunglass or anything that would obsecure the people’s faces. I am so glad I went with that decision!**
Post # 16
Photo booths seem to encourage people to loosen their picture-shy inhibitions, like misspeanut’s 88-year-old grandma! The older age groups will love the nostalgia of the photo booth, and the younger ones will easily hop on board the trend.